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The Insanity Of God by Nik Ripken

Title The Insanity of God
Author Nik Ripken
Publisher B&H Publishing Group
Release Date 2013
Category Religion
Total Pages 322
ISBN 9781433673085
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Presents stories of persecuted Christians whose faith in Christ was not diminished by adverse circumstances, and the lessons that the author took from those stories and applied to his own beliefs about the sufficiency of God.

The Insanity Of God by Nik Ripken

Title The Insanity of God
Author Nik Ripken
Publisher B&H Publishing Group
Release Date 2013-01-01
Category Religion
Total Pages 384
ISBN 9781433678646
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Insanity of God is the personal and lifelong journey of an ordinary couple from rural Kentucky who thought they were going on just your ordinary missionary pilgrimage, but discovered it would be anything but. After spending over six hard years doing relief work in Somalia, and experiencing life where it looked like God had turned away completely and He was clueless about the tragedies of life, the couple had a crisis of faith and left Africa asking God, "Does the gospel work anywhere when it is really a hard place? It sure didn't work in Somalia. Nik recalls that, “God had always been so real to me, to Ruth, and to our boys. But was He enough, for the utter weariness of soul I experienced at that time, in that place, under those circumstances?” It is a question that many have asked and one that, if answered, can lead us to a whole new world of faith. How does faith survive, let alone flourish in a place like the Middle East? How can Good truly overcome such evil? How do you maintain hope when all is darkness around you? How can we say “greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world” when it may not be visibly true in that place at that time? How does anyone live an abundant, victorious Christian life in our world’s toughest places? Can Christianity even work outside of Western, dressed-up, ordered nations? If so, how? The Insanity of God tells a story—a remarkable and unique story to be sure, yet at heart a very human story—of the Ripkens’ own spiritual and emotional odyssey. The gripping, narrative account of a personal pilgrimage into some of the toughest places on earth, combined with sobering and insightful stories of the remarkable people of faith Nik and Ruth encountered on their journeys, will serve as a powerful course of revelation, growth, and challenge for anyone who wants to know whether God truly is enough.

Title The Insanity of Obedience
Author Nik Ripken
Publisher B&H Publishing Group
Release Date 2014-01-01
Category Religion
Total Pages 352
ISBN 9781433682292
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Wise Sheep Among the Wolves All Christian disciples have one thing in common: as they carry the gospel across the ocean and across the street, persecution will become the norm for those who choose to follow Jesus. How believers respond in the face of persecution reveals everything about their level of faith and obedience. The Insanity of Obedience is a bold challenge to global discipleship. Nik Ripken exposes the danger of safe Christianity and calls readers to something greater. The Insanity of Obedience challenges Christians in the same, provocative way that Jesus did. This book dares you—and prepares you—to cross the street and the oceans with the Good News of Jesus Christ. Some of Jesus’ instructions sound uncomfortable and are potentially dangerous. We may be initially encouraged by His declaration, “I am sending you out.” But how are we to respond when He then tells us that He is sending us out “like sheep among wolves"? In light of the words of Jesus, how can modern day believers rest comfortably in the status quo? How can we embrace casual faith in light of the radical commands of Jesus which are anything but casual? Ripken brings decades of ministry experience in some of the most persecuted areas of the world to bear on our understanding of faith in Jesus. The Insanity of Obedience is a call to roll up your sleeves . . . and to follow and partner with Jesus in the toughest places on this planet. "We have the high privilege of answering Jesus’ call to go," Ripken says. "But let us be clear about this: we go on His terms, not ours. If we go at all, we go as sheep among wolves." Jesus gives us Himself. And He gives us the tools necessary for those who dare to journey with Him.

Title The Insanity of Sacrifice
Author Nik Ripken
Publisher B&H Publishing Group
Release Date 2019-10-01
Category Religion
Total Pages 192
ISBN 9781535951197
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Bestselling author Nik Ripken, mentored by believers in persecution, offers a 90-day devotional to help you align your heart with God's, seeing the role sacrifice plays in the life of every follower of Jesus Christ. Individuals and families will be challenged to embrace sacrifice as their daily offering to God. It is through offering ourselves that we mirror the nature of the Father who gave His only Son to be crucified, and the nature of the Son who gave His very life to save sinners. Through this book readers will discover that their sacrifice can lead others, across the street and across the oceans, to discover new resurrection life in Christ.

The Insanity Of God by Lifeway Films

Title The Insanity of God
Author Lifeway Films
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2016-11-21
Category
Total Pages 86
ISBN 1462745628
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Insanity of God is the true story of missionaries Nik and Ruth Ripken. After the death of their son, this ordinary couple journeys into the depths of the persecuted church, asking the question - IS JESUS WORTH IT? How does faith survive, let alone flourish in the places of the world that are overcome with the darkness of sin, despair and hopelessness? Join the Ripkens as they tell the story of being taught by believers in persecution "how to follow Jesus, how to love Jesus, and how to walk with Him day by day even when it doesn't make sense." Genre: Documentary - Drama Runtime: 90 min.

Title The Insanity of Unbelief
Author Max Davis
Publisher Destiny Image Publishers
Release Date 2012-10-16
Category Religion
Total Pages 192
ISBN 9780768488111
Language English, Spanish, and French
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How Science and the Supernatural Changed My Life “One day one of my professors asked me if it was true that I was a Bible-believing Christian. When I answered yes, his polite, upbeat attitude instantly turned rude and arrogant. In front of my peers, he insulted my intelligence, belittled my faith, and discredited the Bible. To him there was absolutely no doubt that science and academia had shown the pure ‘insanity of such belief,’” writes author Max Davis. Written from his journalistic point of view, The Insanity of Unbelief is a result of the author’s 30-year walk from childlike belief, to skepticism, and finally deep, secure faith. The contents are based on his expert and thorough research of solid facts versus what many atheists, agnostics, and even some believers tout. Different from other apologetic books is the addition of true, documented, supernatural experiences and miracles making a compelling—and exciting—argument for the reality and power of God!

Title The Insanity of Obedience Bible Study Book
Author Nik Ripken
Publisher Lifeway Church Resources
Release Date 2016-07
Category Missions
Total Pages 112
ISBN 143005512X
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Insanity of Obedience Bible Study Book includes small-group experiences for six sessions, weekly individual-study opportunities, applicable Scripture, "How to Use This Study," and tips for leading a group. How do we begin to walk and work with God, especially in dangerous places? Based on the documentary The Insanity of God, this Bible study presents missionary Nik Ripken sharing true stories of people who are suffering for the name of Jesus. This study is an invitation to open your heart, your mind, and your eyes to the realities of walking with Jesus in difficult places. Engage with Scripture and see what it means to be a true follower of Jesus, not just someone who believes certain truths. Discover the answers to key missiological and theological questions about living sacrificially for the cause of Christ. Believers play a significant role in God's divine purpose. Observe how Christians all over the world are not only surviving but also thriving in the midst of persecution. Session Content: 1) Nations This session deals with God's command to be on mission and our response to His command. The Bible is to be lived out in the present active tense. 2) Persecution This session explores faith in persecution and suffering. Is obedience on this level insane, especially in the midst of popular theology that encourages obedience leading to success and comfort? 3) Family This session deals with the spread of the gospel by addition and exponential growth. Faith grows in families and communities, from a single believer to small groups of believers to succeeding generations. 4) Growth This session deals with the dynamics of healthy growth. 5) Victory This session describes and celebrates the miracle of victorious living through an enduring faith--especially in hostile environments. 6) Church This session is a summary and personal call to action for individuals, groups, and churches to join God's mission--no matter how insane obedience may look. Why? Because Jesus is worth it. Features: - Clips from the feature documentary The Insanity of Obedience - Biblically rooted and gospel-centered - Firsthand accounts in the author's voice - Individual-study opportunities for ongoing spiritual growth - Six-week Bible Study Book with group and personal components - Step-by-step plans for six group sessions - Promotional content, including a promotional video for the Bible study - Social-media assets for the group leader Benefits: - Confront the misconception that church membership is the same as following Jesus. - See that the Bible's commands are nonnegotiable. - Break the grip of the seduction of comfort and ask Christians to face the question, Who is Jesus, and is He worth my life? - Put aside programs and practices to insert missional sacrifice and calling into the normal rhythms of church culture. - Give group members examples of ways to identify and respond to God's call on their lives. - Show believers how best to respond when persecution comes. - Demonstrate to groups that the bar of Christianity has become low in Western culture. - Reveal the Bible as nonnegotiable. - Lead believers to the conclusion that telling people about Jesus is normal Christianity. - Celebrate the miracle of victorious living. - Explore faith in persecution and suffering. - Provide a means to find courage from the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit. - Explore the dynamics of the personal call to action for individuals, groups, and churches to join God's mission.

The God Insanity by James Andre Blunt

Title The God Insanity
Author James Andre Blunt
Publisher Archway Publishing
Release Date 2019-01-04
Category Philosophy
Total Pages 162
ISBN 9781480871991
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Humans have been suffering from an illusion, or self-deception for thousands of years. Ancient people experienced great fear, anxiety and discomfort from unexplained natural phenomena and from the hardships of a primitive life. To control these fears, they relied on defense mechanisms; with the unfortunate result, seen even today, of the widespread belief in an imaginary, supernatural being, known as God. The God Insanity will reveal this belief as an illusion—a mere by-product of ancient self-defense mechanisms intended to explain a confusing, mysterious world. Looking at the example of the Christian belief system, author James Andre Blunt uses critical thinking and logic to dismantle and disprove all of the laws and concepts of biblical Christianity, leaving no gray areas. In addition, we will discover that there is nothing remotely similar or consistent between the teachings of the Bible and the modern laws and sociocultural ethics of the United States. For too long we have been shackled to an unfounded belief system—one that has even been used to promote slavery and discrimination, among other unacceptable practices. Yet, with more knowledge about the world and its workings, and by critically examining the foundations of religious beliefs like Christianity, we can free ourselves from unconscious defense mechanisms and explore these timeless questions for ourselves.

The Story Of God by Chris Matheson

Title The Story of God
Author Chris Matheson
Publisher Pitchstone Publishing (US&CA)
Release Date 2015-09-01
Category Humor
Total Pages 148
ISBN 9781634310260
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"Part Kurt Vonnegut, part Douglas Adams, but let's be honest, Matheson had me at ‘Based on the Bible.'" —Dana Gould, comedian and writer The Bible offers some clues to God's personality—he's alternately been called vindictive and just, bloodthirsty and caring, all-powerful and impotent, capricious and foresighted, and loving and hateful. But no one has ever fully explored why God might be such a figure of contrasts. Nor has anyone ever satisfactorily explained what guides his relationship not just with angels, the devil, and his son, but also with all of creation. Might he be completely misunderstood, a mystery even to himself? Might his behavior and actions toward humankind tell us much more about him than it does about us? Enter the mind of the creator of the universe, travel with him through the heavenly highs and hellish lows of his story, from Genesis to Revelation, to better understand his burdensome journey: being God isn't easy. After hearing his story—at times troubling and tragic but always hilarious in its absurdity and divine in its comedy—you'll never look at a miracle or catastrophe—or at our place in the universe, or God's—the same way again.

Title Let the Nations be Glad
Author JOHN PIPER
Publisher Inter-Varsity Press
Release Date 2020-05-21
Category Religion
Total Pages 262
ISBN 9781789740608
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Mission is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exist because worship doesn't. Worship is ultimate.' John Piper's contemporary classic draws on key biblical texts to demonstrate that worship is the ultimate goal of the church and that proper worship fuels missionary outreach. Piper offers a biblical defence of God's supremacy in all things, providing a sound theological foundation for missions. He examines whether Jesus is the only way to salvation and issues a passionate plea for God-centredness in the missionary enterprise, seeking to define the scope of the task and the means for reaching 'all nations'. Let the Nations Be Glad! is a trusted resource for missionaries, pastors, church leaders, youth workers, seminary students, and all who want to connect their labours to God's global purposes. This third edition has been revised and expanded throughout and includes new material on the 'prosperity gospel'.

The Power Of Intention by Wayne W. Dyer

Title The Power of Intention
Author Wayne W. Dyer
Publisher ReadHowYouWant.com
Release Date 2009-09-01
Category Self-Help
Total Pages 376
ISBN 9781458715975
Language English, Spanish, and French
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''Intention is a force in the universe, and everything and everyone is connected to this invisible force.'' Intention is generally viewed as a pit-bull kind of determination, propelling one to succeed at all costs by never giving up on an inner picture. In this view, an attitude that combines hard work with an indefatigable drive toward excellence is the way to succeed. However, intention is viewed very differently in this book. Dr. Wayne W. Dyer has researched intention as a force in the universe that allows the act of creation to take place. This book explores intention-not as something you do-but as an energy you're a part of. We're all intended here through the invisible power of intention. This is the first book to look at intention as a field of energy you can access to begin co-creating your life! Part I deals with the principles of intention, offering true stories and examples showing how to make the connection. Dr. Dyer identifies the attributes of the all-creating universal mind of intention as creative, kind, loving, beautiful, expanding, endlessly abundant, and receptive, explaining the importance of emulating this source of creativity. In Part II, Dr. Dyer offers an intention guide with specific ways to apply the co-creating principles in daily life. Part III is an exhilarating description of Dr. Dyer's vision of an individual connected at all times to the universal mind of intention.

The Insanity Of Christianity by Pastor J.V. Foster

Title The Insanity of Christianity
Author Pastor J.V. Foster
Publisher Author House
Release Date 2007-02-02
Category Religion
Total Pages 204
ISBN 1467095265
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In this book I have tried to point out that there are always two sides to every story, a lesson that is applicable to every conflict of life. If you don't know both sides of the story, how can you make a rational decision as to what the whole truth is? the Gospel of Jesus Christ is based on the foundation of the virgin birth; His holy and miraculous life; His death, burial, and resurrection; and His imminent return in glory. Apart from that, everything else is what I call an "elective" subject. I doubt if there are any two people in my church that agree on every point. But we can all agree on the foundational truth of the Gospel and then give each other the liberty to examine and discover truths in Scripture that enhance our faith, hope, vision, and calling in Christ Jesus. If there is a bottom line to these writings, it would be that all of the above have given me greater vision, faith in God, hope for the future, and a deep-seated desire to be faithful to my Lord, my family, my congregation, and my calling. May the material I have presented do the same for you as you open your mind and reread these passages. God bless and keep you in His loving care. All of the above subjects are dealt with in books, CDs, and DVDs from our resource library. They can be obtained by ordering from our main office at 1+866-341-2425 or through our website at www.bcisa.org. For deeper messages, you may check my personal website at www.biblecontroversy.org for DVDs, CDs, and books of special interest to those who love to delve into a greater understanding of the Bible.

Alcoholics Anonymous by Alcoholics Anonymous

Title Alcoholics Anonymous
Author Alcoholics Anonymous
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2012-08
Category
Total Pages 410
ISBN 1258461803
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Theology And Sanity by Frank Sheed

Title Theology and Sanity
Author Frank Sheed
Publisher Ignatius Press
Release Date 2017-01-18
Category Religion
Total Pages 471
ISBN 9781681495835
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Vatican II issued an urgent call for the laity to take a more active role in the life of the Church. What should the life of the Christian believer be like? How are average lay Christians called to help save the world? How does theology fit into the picture? One of Frank Sheed's most popular books, this ideal volume for the layman shows the practical aspects of theology in the life of a Christian believer. Logic, clarity, and simplicity permeate this eminently readable book. Drawing from his fifty years of street-corner preaching, as well as his long career as an author, lecturer and publisher, Sheed understands and communicates better than anyone the importance of theology and its relationship to living sanely in today's world. A brilliant synthesis of the Catholic view of life.

Trespassing In God S Country by George Theriault

Title Trespassing in God s Country
Author George Theriault
Publisher 1st World Publishing
Release Date 1997-10
Category Travel
Total Pages 197
ISBN 1887472460
Language English, Spanish, and French
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George Theriault has been flying in northern Canada since the summer of 1934. When he established his own air service in in 1954, his skills as a bush pilot and sportsman made him one of the most popular outfitters in northern Ontario. This series of stories chronicles his many adventures from Alaska to Labrador, including seal and whale hunting with native people. .

Title The Insanity of Obedience
Author Nik Ripken
Publisher B&H Publishing Group
Release Date 2014
Category Religion
Total Pages 303
ISBN 9781433673092
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Identifies the dangers of safe Christianity and the embracing of casual faith, daring readers to face the risk of persecution and partner with Jesus in the toughest places on Earth.

Insanity by Jonah F. Haddad

Title Insanity
Author Jonah F. Haddad
Publisher Wipf and Stock Publishers
Release Date 2013-11-01
Category Religion
Total Pages 172
ISBN 9781625642295
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"Have you seen such men--peculiar, raving, foam-mouthed, and straitjacketed--throwing themselves mercilessly at white padded walls . . . ? Such men are said to be insane. But there is more to insanity than the images depicted in film and planted in our minds by popular media. Insanity is a condition that affects us all. Unsoundness of mind disrupts our ability to think clearly and to form knowledge about the world. Our understanding is dangerously incomplete and our minds are corrupt. We are all insane. How then can we ever hope to know our world? Is it possible to form justified true beliefs about anything? What possibility, if any, do we have of escaping this condition of madness that keeps us from the light of knowledge? In Insanity, Jonah Haddad explores these very questions by introducing the main problems of the theory of knowledge and by offering a response to our madness--a response grounded in God, the ultimate Knower. "

Sickness Unto Death by Soren Kierkegaard

Title Sickness Unto Death
Author Soren Kierkegaard
Publisher Simon and Schuster
Release Date 2013-01-28
Category Philosophy
Total Pages 103
ISBN 9781625585912
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Man is spirit. But what is spirit? Spirit is the self. But what is the self? The self is a relation which relates itself to its own self, or it is that in the relation [which accounts for it] that the relation relates itself to its own self; the self is not the relation but [consists in the fact] that the relation relates itself to its own self. Man is a synthesis of the infinite and the finite, of the temporal and the eternal, of freedom and necessity; in short, it is a synthesis.

Title The God Delusion 10th Anniversary Edition
Author Richard Dawkins
Publisher Random House
Release Date 2016-05-19
Category
Total Pages 496
ISBN 9781784161934
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The God Delusion caused a sensation when it was published in 2006. Within weeks it became the most hotly debated topic, with Dawkins himself branded as either saint or sinner for presenting his hard-hitting, impassioned rebuttal of religion of all types. His argument could hardly be more topical. While Europe is becoming increasingly secularized, the rise of religious fundamentalism, whether in the Middle East or Middle America, is dramatically and dangerously dividing opinion around the world. In America, and elsewhere, a vigorous dispute between 'intelligent design' and Darwinism is seriously undermining and restricting the teaching of science. In many countries religious dogma from medieval times still serves to abuse basic human rights such as women's and gay rights. And all from a belief in a God whose existence lacks evidence of any kind. Dawkins attacks God in all his forms. He eviscerates the major arguments for religion and demonstrates the supreme improbability of a supreme being. He shows how religion fuels war, foments bigotry and abuses children. The God Delusion is a brilliantly argued, fascinating polemic that will be required reading for anyone interested in this most emotional and important subject.

The Great Gatsby With Audio Text by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Title The Great Gatsby with Audio Text
Author F. Scott Fitzgerald
Publisher East West Studio
Release Date 2021-03-13
Category Fiction
Total Pages 500
ISBN 9203456XXXX
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Great Gatsby is a 1925 novel written by American author F. Scott Fitzgerald that follows a cast of characters living in the fictional town of West and East Egg on prosperous Long Island in the summer of 1922. The story primarily concerns the young and mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby and his quixotic passion and obsession for the beautiful former debutante Daisy Buchanan. The Great Gatsby explores themes of decadence, idealism, resistance to change, social upheaval, and excess, creating a portrait of the Jazz Age or the Roaring Twenties that has been described as a cautionary tale regarding the American Dream. Set on the prosperous Long Island of 1922, The Great Gatsby provides a critical social history of America during the Roaring Twenties within its fictional narrative. That era, known for profound economic prosperity, the development of jazz music flapper culture, new technologies in communication (motion pictures, broadcast radio, recorded music) forging a genuine mass culture; and bootlegging, along with other criminal activity, is plausibly depicted in Fitzgerald's novel. Fitzgerald uses many of these societal developments of the 1920s that were to build Gatsby's stories from many of the simple details like automobiles to broader themes like Fitzgerald's discreet allusions to the organized crime culture which was the source of Gatsby's fortune. Fitzgerald depicts the garish society of the Roaring Twenties by placing the book's plotline within the historical context of the era.